2011-07-28 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of July 28
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

Week of July 28

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, July 28, 1911

The west ferry service went on a 40-minute schedule Friday. The failure of the company to receive the government contract for a ferry to Fort Greble prevented it from securing another boat and Steamer Narragansett [of the Narragansett Transportation Company] has been running in that bay, to connect with Fort Greble.

A number of automobile parties from the island visited Narragansett Pier Tuesday afternoon to witness the opening of the polo season.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, July 28, 1936

The pageant, “The Cross and the Crown,” will be given at the Central Baptist Church Wednesday and Thursday evenings, under the direction of William Barrie. The pageant was first produced in Scotland, this being the second time it has been shown in the United States. The crown is modeled after the British Royal Crown, and is illuminated with lights, giving the effect of gems.

From the Newport Daily News, July 29, 1936

That the proposed Jamestown Bridge to Saunderstown can be erected within a year, meeting President Roosevelt’s latest ultimatum on PWA projects, was the opinion expressed today by officials of the Jamestown & Newport Ferry Company, following a recent conference with the engineers.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

July 25, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council had two dump complaints before it at last night’s meeting and “dumped” both of them into the hands of Police Chief Frederick C.B. Smyth for investigation. (One was about a dump between Maple and Pierce Avenue at Spring Street and the other concerned an auto dumping and storage ground on North Road.)

The town has been notified it will receive one-half of the anticipated amount for Dutch Elm disease control.

Beach collections are $113 over last year, Harold E. Shippee reported to the council.

To date, 795 resident stickers have been sold at Mackerel Cove and Fort Getty at one dollar each; 383 non-resident stickers at $2 each, and 311 day parking tickets. Total income is $1,872; last year’s figures for the same period were $1,759.

From the Newport Daily News,

July 29, 1961

Graphic testing with huge hydraulic models of the three proposed hurricane barriers for lower Narragansett Bay were held this week at the Army Engineers Waterways Experiment Station at Vicksburg, Miss.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News,

July 29, 1986

The Town Council refused to add three lots on Clinton Avenue to the commercial downtown zoning district Monday. The zoning request – plus a plan to close a section of Maple Avenue to traffic – brought a full house to Town Hall. Some people were forced to watch through open windows.

From the Newport Daily News,

July 30, 1986

Choices in lifestyle and heredity rather than Jamestown’s environment are likely giving the town an abnormally high cancer death rate. A panel of three doctors from the state Health Department hoped that findings would allay the fears of 60 concerned citizens who turned up Tuesday night at the Jamestown School for a forum on the community’s high cancer death rate.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 25, 1996

Save the Bay, the state’s largest private environmental protection agency, has given Jamestown’s sewage treatment plant “a very positive rating.”

Jamestown recently received a $52,000 grant from the Rhode Island Small Cities Community Development Block Program. Of the total sum, $22,000 will be used for housing rehabilitation, $13,000 for lead abatement loans and education, $10,000 for the town’s down-payment assistance program, $5,000 for the International Bopat Exhibit Plan, and $2,000 for administration.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

July 26, 2001

Restrictions on the use of town water are now more stringent than they have been so far this summer. As of today, municipal water customers can water vegetable and flower gardens for no more than 15 minutes on weekdays only. In addition, customers can now only water their gardens every other day.

Saturday was a beautiful day above the surface, but some tough currents and a moon tide slowed things down for the record 286 swimmers who participated in the Save the Bay swim.

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